Passion Fruit Growing Tips

Passion fruit growing tips
Passion fruit growing tips
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Passion Fruit

Passion fruit growing tips are to help you grow this vigorous vine and to harvest bucket loads of passion fruit.

The botanical name for the passion fruit is passiflora edulis. It is a vine species of passion flower, originating in South America (native to Venezuela through Paraguay and northern Argentina). Passion fruit is grown commercially in tropical and subtropical regions for its sweet, seedy fruit.

Passion Fruit Varieties

The most popular varieties of this tropical vine are the purple and the yellow. The yellow has more vigorous vine growth and grows extremely well in tropical lowlands. Yellow Panamas are the best variety to grow in tropical locations such as Far North Queensland.

The purple is richer in aroma and flavor, and has a higher proportion of juice-35-38%. However, we actually prefer eating the yellow, but it is a matter of taste.

Passion Fruit Growing Tips

Location and Soil

Growing well in tropical gardens, the passion fruit is a type of climbing vine that can live up to 10 years. It also grows well in the sub-tropics.

Make the hole two times as wide and the same depth as the root-ball. Remove from the container, place in the hole and backfill with soil.

Propagation

If you have a passion fruit you want to grow (your preferred variety) fist check that variety grows true to seed before you begin.

From Seed

Can I grow passion fruit from seed?

1. Yes, first select a passion fruit that grows true to seed.
2. Obtain a ripe passion fruit (one that is slightly crinkled) and cut it in half.
3. Wash out the fruit pulp from the seeds and dry them on a paper towel.
4. Sow your seed just below the surface and water it to make sure the soil moist.
5. Place your pot is a sunny location and water regularly.
6. Make sure you transplant to another sunny location, where there is room for your vine to grow. It will need a trellis, fence or other trees to grow over.

From Cutting

Time needed: 4 minutes.

How to grow passion fruit from cuttings

  1. Take cutting

    Take a tip cutting about 15cm long from your mature vine and take it back to your potting table.

  2. Remove bud

    Cut below the second or third mature leaf of the cutting.passion fruit cutting

  3. Apply Rooting Hormone

    Remove the now first mature leaf and any tendrils or flower buds with it and dip the cutting into rooting hormone so the hormone touches the wounds on the stem.

  4. Plant in a Pot

    Transplant into a small pot (around 12cm x 6cm) full or premium potting mix.

  5. Sun and Water

    Leave the pot in a sunny location and water regularly.

  6. Transplant

    Make sure you transplant to another sunny location, where there is room for your vine to grow. It will need a trellis, fence or other trees to grow over.

When your seedling is roughly 4 inches high, re-pot your plant in a larger pot, around 6-8 inches in diameter. However, before transplanting into the ground, apply a commercially available soil improver, or dig in well matured compost and/or matured manure. Then gently dig the seedling free, taking care to protect the root system. 

Passion Fruit Growing Tips

Water

Water in well and water weekly for six weeks as the plant becomes established. In addition, mulch around the base with sugarcane, lucerne or other organic material.

Water regularly throughout the dry season. However, during the tropical ‘wet’ it should be fine without any additional water.

Fertilising Passion Fruit

Fertilising is one of our passion fruit growing tips. Provided soil is adequate, you need to fertilise just once each year, usually in spring. However, commercial growers or anyone seeking to have their vine fruit very heavily, should fertilise 4 times a year.

We use a liquid seaweed and liquid fertiliser to improve growth, flowering and fruiting.

Pests and Diseases

The major pests and diseases are mites, fruit flies, aphids, mealy bugs, scales and brown spot disease. However, regular application of ‘white oil’ can help address these pests. Indeed, white oil is an effective organic pesticide that you can make at home.

Passion Fruit Growing Tips – The Fruit

Passion Fruit Growing Tips (fruit sliced)
Passion Fruit Growing Tips (fruit sliced)

The colour of the fruit is either yellow or purple.

The yellow passion fruit is round and about 6-7 centimetres in diameter. In addition, it has a thick, waxy exterior, that becomes wrinkly as the fruit ripens. However, inside the fruit is filled with a pulp of orange-colored juice and small, crunchy seeds. 

Passion Fruit Growing Tips – Health Benefits

The best part of passion fruit growing is the fruit. Indeed it is tasty and extremely healthy, some even describe it as a ‘super food’.

Weight Loss and Diabetes

Consumption of passion fruit tea helps to reduce the levels of glucose in the blood. Consequently, adding the insulin filled bark of passion fruit to tea can help diabetics.

Fibre

Passion fruit contains a large amount of soluble fibre which can help to improve digestion. Consequently, it can help with constipation.

Immune System  

The vitamin C in the fruit can boost your immune system. 

Antioxidants

The fruit is one of the antioxidant foods that can assist in your physical and mental health. 

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